Where are the missing song royalties?

While there are clear failings in the digital economy for songwriters, it has also become clear that the industry itself, and its arcane licensing practices, should also assume a significant portion of responsibility. Quite frankly, if the global music publishing business were a house, its plumbing would be the leakiest, most bizarre, inefficient and complicated imaginable.

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As Exclusivity Takes Charge, How Will Music Streaming Change?

Relative to the history of music, we’re living in an incredibly unique time where all music is, theoretically at least, available at the tap of a finger or a basic voice command. However, as exclusivity takes hold, we’re going to see this shift, with a slight feeling of how music has previously been to consumers, but with a streaming spin.

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Pearson Puts Print Books to Bed

All future releases of Pearson’s 1,500 current U.S. textbook titles will be updated in digital versions only rather than in print, a shift from the traditional education publishing model. Pearson called the new program a “product as a service” model, adding that the intention was to have its textbook publishing program “be much more like apps, professional software, or the gaming industry.”

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Arm’s new licensing option lets its partners experiment and test for free before they pay

Intellectual property licensing schemes for chips may not strike you as the most exciting thing. But as the number of companies building their own silicon increases, often for very specialized use cases, having access to the IP from companies like Arm is something more companies than ever are looking to have.

Source: Arm’s new licensing option lets its partners experiment and test for free before they pay – TechCrunch

YouTube, Netflix surge in ranking of most valuable media brands

Google’s video-sharing platform YouTube and streaming video giant Netflix surged to the No. 2 and 3 spots in a ranking of the world’s most valuable media brands behind Disney. YouTube’s brand value jumped 46% to $37.9 billion, while Netflix’s value more than doubled to $21.2 billion, compared with Disney’s 40% gain to $45.8 billion this year from 2018, per an announcement that Brand Finance shared with Marketing Dive.

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Libraries Must Draw the Line on E-books, former ALA president says

Part of the problem here is that public libraries have little leverage with which to negotiate digital pricing and terms with publishers and vendors. With physical materials, our ability to buy and lend copies and to create rich collections for our communities is protected by law. In the digital world, however, we can’t license content without agreeing to the terms the publishers set.

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